Sometimes the workplace can feel like Washington, D.C.. Chock full o’ politics. I’m told I’m being too logical or naive when I outwardly wonder why we can’t just focus on the work and leave all of the kindergarten politics in the schoolyard where it belongs. However, with some perspective, I realize that these political scenarios arise from a system in which people feeling excluded, undervalued or taken advantage of. Those feelings cause people to expect it again and protect themselves by employ measures to avoid feeling that way in the future. Can you guess what happens then? More often than not, the other party now feels the way the first one felt, reacts the same way and bam! Vicious circle time.

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